In the language hoax john mcwhorter argues against the notion that people who speak in different languages have differing conceptions of the world around them that idea that language influences thought is called academically the whorfian hypothesis or sapir whorf hypothesis and has been around for nearly a century in varying forms. Language is a lens indeedbut upon humanity much more than upon humanities heres why the language hoax 1 studies have shown chapter my goal in this manifesto is straightforward i wish to show the flaws in and even dangers of the more sensational implications bandied about in our intellectual culture over whether and how language shapes thought. The language hoax is a welcome antidote to unqualified whorfian claims and pronouncements kerstin hoge times higher education john mcwhorter wishes to drive a stake through the heart of that claim known as the safir whorf hypothesis or the language as lens theory tom bartlett the chronicle of higher education. The language hoax why the world looks the same in any language by john h mcwhorter kerstin hoge on a manifesto correcting the view that the language we speak affects how we think please login or register to read this article
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